What is a backyard breeder?
This term basically refers to the average dog owner breeding his pet.
Buying a puppy from a backyard breeder doesn’t have to be a bad thing per se. But there are risks involved and you should know, what you are getting into.
A backyard breeder usually does not have enough life stock available for selective breeding in order to reduce genetic health issues. Usually the dogs bred are also not health tested for hereditary diseases, because those tests are fairly expensive.
If the dogs bred don’t have any hereditary issues by coincidence, the offspring is likely to be fine regarding that. But you’ll never know, IF that’s the case, because of all the missing information.
Puppies from a backyard breeder should not be used for breeding without having them health screened first (these tests include skin allergies, heart, renal and liver problems, as well as deafness). In fact, it is always wise to screen any dog that is intended for breeding.
If you acquire your puppy from a backyard breeder, you should at least make sure that all of the dogs have kennel club registration papers and pedigrees. The puppies should also be at least 8 weeks old and have their first round of vaccinations and deworming. The breeder should be able to provide proof for that. They should have received a good quality puppy food (check back on dogfoodadvisor.com) during their first weeks of life.
As the name suggests, puppy mills are mass puppy production facilities.
The animals are often kept in small cages like known from mass stocks and only allowed to meet for mating. Often there are several different breeds in stock, depending on which kind of breeds are most asked for at that given time. This is only a money machine.
Screenings for genetic defects and responsive breeding do not enjoy high priority here, nor does the individual animal.
If you want some good advice: Stay away from puppy mills. Every dollar you spend to “save” one of those puppies will only be used to promote this
life contemptuous business.
Unfortunately puppy mills are often the source for the live stock in pet stores.
This should easily explain, why I also do not recommend to buy Bull Terrier puppies in a pet store.
Websites like “Puppyfind”
Don’t mistake websites, such as puppyfind.com as breeder’s websites.
This is the kind of website, backyard breeders and puppy mills advertise their offspring on. No need to say that this is no reliable source for Bull Terrier puppies.
Reputable breeders nowadays will usually have their own website or at least a Facebook page you can visit and contact them on.
A shelter can be a good source for your new pet, but they rather seldom have puppies to offer. Most of the dogs there are older dogs.
It is a good deed to adopt a dog from a shelter. Although the shelter staff usually do their very best to take care of the animals, this environment is not ideal for any pet.
However, adopting a shelter pet requires a lot of responsibility and commitment. You could be dealing with behavioral issues or expensive health problems. Usually you don’t get much information about the individual in advance, because the background is often just unknown.
Ending up in a shelter for many animals often is the end of several traumatic events and staying in the shelter is usually traumatic itself. Because of the many animals there, it is just not possible in a shelter to give the animals the amount of personal attention that would be necessary for a balanced pet, even though shelter workers are usually doing their very best in taking care of the animals.
So the worst thing such an animal can experience is to wind up in a shelter AGAIN.
Therefore you should be fully aware of all the possible consequences of a shelter adoption. If in any way you are insecure, DON’T do it!
Don’t make any dog face the situation of being let down and pushed off AGAIN!